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What is a castle?

A grand and opulent castle is usually the former abode of kings and queens, dukes, dames and nobles. These days, it's also possible to find a castle that is a hotel, which offers style and aristocratic living for the duration of your holiday. Historic architecture and sumptuous interiors combine with fine-dining restaurants and gorgeous grounds to make you feel like royalty, while swimming pools, spas and beautiful country locations nearby the castle are also common.

Why should I stay at a castle?

You should stay in a castle if you need a little pampering and luxury within the nostalgic history of solid stone. These places are often 5 or 4 star retreats with spas to help you unwind, and leafy gardens to wander in contemplation. The interiors channel centuries of history, which is perfect if you really love to immerse yourself in the heritage of a destination. Other castles to stay in are perfect for romantic honeymoons where they offer luxury bistros and butler room service.

Where do you find castles?

Castles are mostly found in Europe, parts of Asia, and Northern Africa. It's no surprise that you can bag castles in Scotland, for example, where they stud the fells of the Highlands and pepper the countryside near UNESCO-tagged cities. Ancient stone castle accommodations in places Ireland is an experience. But it doesn't end there, because castles in Europe can channel opulent Baroque styles or German history, and there are more in the United States to pick from with flamboyant Neo-Gothic facades and the like (try New York's Highland Castle).

How much does it cost to stay in a castle?

It should hardly be a surprise that castle accommodation doesn't come cheap. In fact, a suite in these heritage-rich, historic establishments can often be one of the most expensive in any given destination. That's because the best castles to stay in tout 5-star or 4-star ratings, swimming pools, spas and more. Alternatively, you could seek out castle bed and breakfast options and more low-key palaces that can get the royal vibes flowing for less